The Washburn Agripreneur program participated in our first farmers market for the year of 2016 on July 20th. We had an excellent variety for this time of year thanks to support from Washburn Elementary School garden. Our best sales were cucumbers and beans, almost selling out.
-- Washburn Agripreneur Student
Trellising cucumbers in the Washburn school high tunnel.
With the change of seasons comes a change of programming in the Bayfield and Washburn school high tunnels.
During the school year, Farm-to-School programs and classroom teachers utilize their school's high tunnel for various lessons that can involve soil testing, garden design, and - of course - growing food. During the summer, however, students and teachers are gone for summer vacation, which could leave the high tunnels unused at their most productive time. The Agripreneur Program has been created to fill this gap.
The Agripreneur Program is a summer growing program that hires two high school students to grow food in their school's high tunnel with the assistance of a school liaison. The food grown over the summer is then sold back to the school's food service program, community members, local restaurants, or through farmer's markets.
Students from both Washburn and Bayfield schools are participating this year - check out their pictures below!
As part of this program, the Agripreneur students will be writing monthly blog posts to update the community on their progress. Be sure to check back here throughout the summer to learn about what's going on in these high tunnels!
- Lilly Soshnik-Tanquist
2016 Agripreneur Program Coordinator
Agripreneur Students (2016 posts)
High Tunnel Blog